September 27, 2011

iPad and the kids

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When Apple's Big I-s are all over in everyone's pockets, hands and heads, iPhone, iPod, iTouch, i-Whatever, I never felt like being part of it. However, before I went to China, the need for a light-weight computer made me check out mobile tablets at BestBuy.

I decided on an IPad and was sold on the first day. Because I, as many of parents before me, found out that iPad can be a pretty good baby-sitter. I got all sorts of apps for the kids. For Yung, Fish HD, Counting Bears, A-B-C, Matching games, books like Present for Milo: A Touch-and-Surprise Storybook; For Annya, one after another read-to-me books, I-can-read-books, animated books; For Emma, Math-bingo, Second-grade math. For all of them, drawing apps, piano apps, singing fingers, singing monsters. I also bought a one-year subscription of "A story before bed", where we read and record books ourselves.

It is a smash! It is a smash-proof too! Being super light-weighted and small means Yung can carry it around like anyone else, and when he drops it, it lands with a thud, yet safe and sound; it is so easy to use, Yung learn to use it before he learns how to eat with a spoon. It is probably anti-stabbing too, it survives the stabbing of pencils, forks and pens (the warranty we bought does allow us a bit of freedom and peace of mind too). The only drawback is that it is too sensitive to the touch. Too often we had open and re-open a book in the middle of reading because Yung's has accidentally or deliberately touched the home button. Touching-buttons is fun and makes you feel powerful, that is probably why Yung touches all of the buttons nonstop.

The kids have a lot of fun. And a lot of pain. Isn't true that for kids, any source of fun can easily be a pain of butt? And for three kids? Certainly. Who gets to play the iPad? Who gets to play what on the iPad? Mine, mine, mine ..., Yung would scream; No counting bears, I want a princess song, Annya gets whinny easily; No do not play with my 2-grade math, Emma would demand. And I would constantly police, Share, please, Annya. If you guys do not play together, no iPad.

In the end though, at the end of the day, the kids still want to a book that is not iPad-read.

Mommy, can you read me one more book?
Yes, Annya.
Yung would say and turn off the night.

The following is the book link that Emma reads Cinderella.

Cinderella (Read By Emma)

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